Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in".

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sentence formation and use of preposition

how would we say "to transfer something in somebody's name" for e.g. in sentence i would "transfer the property paper in/to/on your name" Is there a better way. Thanks in anticipation
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Is there any difference between “invite to” and “invite for”?

Is there any difference between invite to and invite for in terms of usage and meaning? For example: invite someone to lunch, dinner, a party, or a meeting but invite them for a drink or a meal
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using a preposition after verbs such as “enter” and “control”

consider the two sentence below: "Elizabeth Taylor entered the room" and "she entered into the room". here is another pair: "the rebels control the city" and "they control over the city". my ...
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“In a broad range of positions” or “on a broad range of positions”? [closed]

I'm writing a cover letter and need to know the proper way of saying this: Over the last ten years I had the opportunity to work for multinational companies in/on a broad range of management ...
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Having had someone DO or Having had someone TO DO?

I have read an older thread, presenting the following sentences: Having advised many of your colleagues (yet having had no one stand up for me when the shit hit the fan)... and Having ...
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level of detail between

The same level of detail between the 3D models and the real objects has been achieved. In formal language, does this sentence make sense? I'm not sure about the use of the preposition "between" ...
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Avoiding confusion with the word “before”

I wrote this sentence: I do not trust what has been written before me. Now, I was trying to use 'before' in the sense of 'prior to,' but just realized that 'before me' might also be taken to ...
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work 'at' the weekends or work 'during' the weekends? [closed]

I wrote "Many college students work at the weekends." My colleague changed 'at' to 'during' = Many college students work during the weekends. Do you feel there is a difference, however subtle?
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During the assembly of the Surveyor 3 probe, someone _sneezed_ a TV camera

Can someone sneeze a camera, or should they sneeze AT the camera? This is an extract from an IELTS practice test. Because the dictionary says "sneeze at smt", I had to put another word from the text, ...
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To or For? What's the rule? [closed]

As an ESL learner I always mess up using prepositions. It’s been especially difficult to understand when to use to or for. Are there any rules about this usage?
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Verbs within a prepostional phrase

In the following two sentences I see verbs being used within prepositional phrases. Is this acceptable in casual conversation? The meanings in both cases are clear. It depends on what the meaning ...
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“At schedule” vs. “by schedule” vs. “on schedule”

Let's assume that I wash my car every Saturday at noon. How do I say it using the word schedule: I wash my car at/by/on schedule. Update: It's not about doing something on a regular basis. It's ...
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Travel by my car or travel with my car? [closed]

What is the correct form of this question ? I travel by my car Vs I travel with my car ? Is it correct to say I drive to office in my car ?
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“on Mondays” v. “on Monday” with the adverb, “always”

Are all of these correct? I wash my car on Mondays. I always wash my car on Monday. I always wash my car on Mondays. I know #1 is correct, and it means every Monday. However, I'm not sure if #2 ...
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Do I use commas before the word “to” in the following sentence:

The JP-8 pipelines included 7.4 miles of parallel 10-inch pipelines from the Navy's transfer pump house manifold to the custody transfer to the Anderson Air Force Base.
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Use of preposition “with” after the word “marry”

Is it right to use the preposition "with" instead of "to" after the word "marry or married" under any given circumstances if we change the position of gender being mentioned? For example: "She is ...
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Is the “to” required in “the person (to) whom I granted freedom”?

I had this phrase "the person whom I granted freedom" in something I wrote; a friend maintains that it must be "the person to whom I granted freedom."
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Phrasal verbs: single entity?

I am teaching English to my cousin, but I am not sure how to explain phrasal verbs correctly. For example "take off". I explain it as two words but a single entity. When I ask her to name a verb in ...
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Is this right: “the whole France”?

I am not sure if this phrase is right: “for the whole France”. Here's the context: Sam applied these methods successfully at some sites in France and then was extended for the whole France by ...
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Is “a ten-minutes of a song” right?

I'm curious about if "I need a ten-minutes of 'SONG' to do sth." was right in English. Thanks for reading this quesiton
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“As of this morning” vs. “as at this morning”

As of this morning, he was not in support of the motion. As at this morning, he was not in support of the motion. Which is correct?
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Is the “sorry to [infinitive] ” structure always grammatical?

I'm sorry to be so late. I'm sorry to hear about your sick mother. I'm sorry to waste your time. I'm sorry to make you feel so sad. I'm sorry to frighten you. I'm sorry to disagree ...
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What colour eyes

I've just stumbled on this sentence What colour eyes does she have? in my grammar book. What got me interested in this is the combination of the words colour, eyes with what and without any ...
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Are “in” and “at” the same in some situations? [duplicate]

If someone calls me, and I say I can't talk to them at the moment, because I'm at school, is there any difference between the following two sentences? I'm at school. I'm in school. Do ...
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What preposition does “rate … criteria” take?

I'm writing up specs for a website with learning materials for our alpha testers to comment on. Among others, I'm describing the rating system: the materials can be rated (...) several criteria (such ...
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“Me neither” - why oblique case? [duplicate]

I don't like white wine. Me neither. We're talking about subjects here, so naturally the pronoun should be "I". The use of "me" would only make sense to me if "neither" was a postposition. ...
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Is it right to say “before since”?

I wonder if "before since" is right in my sentence. If not, could you please help me improve it? This company provides products since 2010. Consequently, there is no record of this product before ...
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Correct preposition to go with “inquiry”?

I'm trying to figure out which preposition to use together with "inquiry". For example, take the following sentence: I have asked Bob, but he doesn't know. Now I'd like to express the same using ...
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Particle or preposition?

I'm studying Spanish and I have some questions about the grammatical parallels in English. Le gustan cocinar y hornear. He likes to cook and (to) bake. When an infinitive is used in ...
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in/on with dmy dates

When writing dates in prose in the dmy format (29 March 2014), is the correct preposition "in" or "on". I'm seeing it with "in" here, but that construction is foreign to me. It was released in 29 ...
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Why do we say “the Indians were put on reservations” and not “in reservations”

The preposition "on" is used to refer to a surface like "on the floor" or "on the ceiling" "in" is used to refer as a enclosed space like "in a country" or "in a city". Why do we say "the Indians ...
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“Open to opportunities” vs. “open for opportunities”

I want to know which sentence is correct and why: I'm open to new opportunities. I'm open for new opportunities.
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“In the past” or “Into the past”?

Maybe my question is only relevant for my current context. I'm writing a documentation that shouldn't allow a user (using a calendar) to add an event in/into the past. So, should it be in or into?
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“both (of the) versions are correct”

Both of the versions are correct. Both versions are correct. Are both of these correct? If only one, is it the latter?
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“At this section…” vs. “in this section…”

At/in this section, you must enter your shipping details. Should I use at or in?
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“To predicate” + of or + as or + some other preposition

I'm interested in Definition 1.1 at Oxford Dictionaries which exemplifies "predicated of." Yet, would "predicate as" be equally correct? Google Ngram depicts a difference, but not Google Books ...
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Is it “described in” or “described on”?

This one is probably fairly obvious for native speakers, but I'm always confused. I am writing an article and I want to say that such and such methodology is described in/on a table, a figure or a ...
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“Course in/on/of/for nursing specialty”

Which preposition would be the correct one? the course in/on/of/for nursing speciality
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When should I use “opportunity of” and when “opportunity from”?

Which is the proper preposition, from or of?: There are many opportunities from/of the energy turnaround.
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“These findings are critical [to inform/for informing] future research” [duplicate]

In this sentence, would you use "to inform" or "for informing"? These findings are critical ______ future research Likewise, would you use "to understand" or "for understanding" in the ...
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difference between progress ON and progress OF

I'm still confused even after studying the prepositions on and of. Can you please help me and explain to me the difference of the ff: progress ON your project progress OF your project ...
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How can this be worded better? [closed]

How can this be better expressed? In respect of Anna's written wishes, there will be no funeral.
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Place your orders on time/in time? [duplicate]

If you want to inform someone in advance to do something early enough so the person won't be in trouble later, do you say on time or in time? It's not a specified time, like order it today between 12 ...
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Why is there an “in” in “she'll be in the first woman to hold a top position in the government”?

I just don't know why there's an in in the following sentence: If she succeeds, she'll be in the first woman to hold a top position in the government. Taken from this CNN story. Why must there ...
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We think we have a top-seller on/in our hands? [closed]

I know this on our hands/in our hands discrepancy has been discussed here in a broad way, but since it's idiomatic, I think it would be helpful to consider a few specific examples, like the one here. ...
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Would a golfer say, “I shot for 200 yards”?

I'm wondering if "for" is the correct word to use in the phrase, "I shot for 200 yards". This is in relation to a golf video game I'm working on. After the shot, the computer tells you, "You shot for ...
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Question on “Out of”

In "out of", is the "out" considered a preposition or an adverb?
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Articles and prepositions in a series

I am writing a technical report. After finishing the first draft, I asked my friends, who are native English speakers, to proofread my writing. They found and corrected several errors in my report. ...
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The preposition with the word “value”?

Which is the correct way of writing? He bought 50 shares with the nominal value of ... (sum of money) He bought 50 shares of the nominal value of ... He bought 50 shares for the nominal value of ...
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“at event” vs. “on event”

What is a better preposition for the word "event"? at on Specifically I want to say: Lector at an event Lector on an event Which is the correct one?